Obama’s Pentagon lays off thousands of military officers, incl. active duty

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The Obama administration is cutting thousands of officers from the military, citing the demands of sequestration. Those being laid off include a number of officers on active duty, with some receiving pink slips while on the battlefield.

Fox News reports, July 13, 2014, that the Pentagon is laying off thousands of military officers, including those serving or who have recently served in Afghanistan.

On Thursday, July 10, Gen. John Campbell told Congress that 1,100 soldiers, including some currently serving in Afghanistan, would receiving pink slips due to sequestration budget cuts to the Defense Department.

Roughly 2,600 captains and other officers have or will be laid off, with more expected.

Defense Department officials said the reductions are the result of mandatory spending cuts imposed by sequestration and are part of their larger plan to reduce the number of U.S. soldiers from 520,000 to 450,000.

The Army insists the draw-down plan “is a balanced approach that maintains readiness while trying to minimize turbulence within the officer corps.” But retired Major Gen. Robert Scales, a Fox News contributor, says the decision to send pink slips to soldiers overseas on active duty is dangerous and bad for morale because “It puts the soldier, the soldier’s family and the men under his command at risk. Young officers look at each other and wonder who is next.”

Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said: “Once again [President Obama] is putting domestic politics ahead of the security of our nation. The Army captains and majors receiving pink slips while on the battlefield is just the latest example. My heart goes out to these men and women who are risking their lives and making great sacrifices, yet are now being told they are being separated from the Army and will have no job when they return home to their families.”

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12 responses to “Obama’s Pentagon lays off thousands of military officers, incl. active duty

  1. Reblogged this on Fellowship of the Minds and commented:
    President Lucifer’s war against the military continues.


  2. traildustfotm

    Monstrous. There is no way this should be happening, except for the deliberate destruction of America.


  3. Reblogged this on Catholic Glasses and commented:
    Yet, Obama pays violent Jihadists to wipe out Syria, Iraq, Libya, etc. This is very serious.


  4. We’ve been through this before in 1919-20, 1946-9, 1954-5, 1971-3. “the war’s over, we don’t need an Army anymore.”


    • But the war in Afghanistan ISN’T over.


      • Obama thinks it is. All the troops will be home by 31 December and he needs more money to take care of illegal immigrants.


    • James L Habermehl

      …and in 1992. I was a captain on active duty in 1992, but did not have a regular commission (I was commissioned in 1984 through Officer Training School, not the Academy). I was RIF’d along with more than 97% of all my fellow non-regular, non-rated (i.e., not aircrew, like pilots and navs) captains in my year group. As I recall, even something like >50% of non-regular navs and some non-regular pilots were RIF’d, also.


  5. Reblogged this on Centinel2012 and commented:
    Maybe when Obama said he was going to, “Fundamentally Change America” what he meant was the first country with no military!




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